How Many Pairs of Shoes Do You Really Own?

How Many Pairs of Shoes Do You Really Own?

A closet full of shoes is not something we normally associate with men. After all, we men are supposed to not care about our appearance. We are supposed to be okay with one pair of dress shoes and a pair of sneakers or decks for everything else. Yet that really isn't practical. If you are professional, you know the score. The question is this: how many pairs of shoes do you really own?

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A Billionaire with Two Pairs

In an attempt to research the number of shoes a typical professional man owns, we ran across an amusing article from a Scottish clothier. He was comparing his own shoe collection against that of New York politician and businessman Michael Bloomberg.

Clothier Archie Hume had read a Bloomberg quote stating that he only owns two pairs of shoes. Bloomberg apparently has his shoes resoled and reheeled when necessary, mitigating the need to buy new shoes. Hume was skeptical, given what he knows about men's shoes.

In his piece, he wondered if he should take sports-related footwear out of the equation. He reasoned that Bloomberg probably owns golf shoes and sneakers. New York's former mayor couldn't possibly have been referring to them when he was talking about having old shoes repaired.

Yet if we are going to remove sports-related footwear, how about work boots? And if work boots, how about winter boots for strolling around the snowy, icy streets of Bloomberg's Big Apple? It is a slippery slope that led Hume back to the idea of dress shoes. Perhaps Bloomberg only owns two pairs. But Hume found even that difficult to believe.

Look in Your Closet

Most of us are not fortunate enough to be Bloomberg-level billionaires. But those of us who are professional men know the value of a good pair of dress shoes. We also know that there are different types of dress shoes for different occasions. You may have one pair for the office and another for black-tie events. You might have a third for out-of-town business meetings.

Take a look in your own closet. What will you find there? In addition to several pairs of dress shoes, you probably have a pair of decks or loafers for the weekends. Decks are not optional if you own a boat. In fact, they are almost required for those days on the water.

You probably have at least one pair of sneakers for exercise. They might be trainers if you prefer to jog. They could be tennis shoes if you like to spend time on the court. Regardless, sneakers are a mainstay of American footwear.

Too Many Shoes

Knowing what is in your closet, ask yourself one final question: is it possible to have too many shoes? Absolutely. There is nothing in this world that cannot be taken to excess. Your measure of too many is really about whether or not you use all the shoes in your closet. Shoes you haven't used in more than a year can probably go. Everything else you keep.

Regardless of what the final number might be, make sure you have a pair of waterproof dress shoe covers to put over whatever pair you choose to wear on a given day. Shoe covers protect your footwear against the elements. They keep your shoes clean, dry, and looking good.